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Dorothy Taubman Seminar

May 22-27, 2017
Daily schedule: 9:00AM - 2:30PM

Workshop description
Seminar faculty
Guest artists
Presenting physicians

Thank you for your interest in the 2016 Seminar. This year, with much joy and gratitude, we would like to welcome the stellar group of guest artists and collaborators listed below. They are all at the top of their fields, and are in great demand nationally and internationally. It is an honor to have them join us this summer.

This year we partnered with the Philadelphia Music Teachers Association in order to invite two precollege students to play in the Seminar's master classes. A nine year old boy will be participating in Yoheved Kaplinsky's master class on Wednesday May 25 at 12:30 pm and a seventeen year old girl will be performing in Daniel Epstein master class on Monday May 23 at 12:30 pm. Members of the Philadelphia Teacher Organization are invited to attend the two master classes as well as the GALA RECITAL featuring the formidable English pianist Ian Hobson on Friday May 27 at 7:30 pm as our guests. All the events will take place in Rock Hall.

The category of OBSERVER which was very successful last year will be available again this year.

Please stay tuned for further information.

Latest news: The Taubman Seminar wishes to invite the membership of the local teachers associations to attend, as our guests, the master classes of Daniel Epstein and Yoheved Kaplinsky to be held on

Monday May 23 and Wednesday May 25 from 12.30 to 2.30 in Rock Hall.

One of the 4 participants on each master class will be a young student who studies with a Philadelphia music teacher.

The participating young students are:

Emily Frederick, Age 17
"Estampes" by Claude Debussy

Professor Epstein master class
Emily is 17 years old and a junior in high school. She has studied piano since the age of 8."

Her teacher is Yu Xi Wang
Pianist Yu Xi Wang holds BM to DMA from The Juillaird School, and teaches Keyboard Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Professor Kaplinsky's master class
Nathan Jian, Age 10
Beethoven, Concerto No. 3, Op. 27, Mvt. 3: Rondo, Allegro

Nathan began studying piano at the age of 4 and currently is a student of Joy Miller Kiszely at the Main Line Conservatory of Music in Ardmore, Pa.
Last February Nathan won first place in the concerto division of the New Jersey Young Pianist competition, and will perform the Mozart Concerto K. 450, Mvt. 3 with the Plainsfield Symphony February 21, 2016.

Joy Miller Kiszely received her musical training both in the U.S. and in Europe at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
Mrs. Kiszely has produced a steady stream of winners in competitions, the latest being four young pianists who played with orchestra in Russia, and also had masterclasses at the Moscow Conservatory with faculty members Slesarev, Ovchinnikov, and Plotnikova.

Maria del Pico Taylor, director
Maria Botelho Hubler, assistant director
Dr. Angelin Chang

Ian Hobson - Gala concert performer, Friday, May 27, 2016, 7:30PM Rock Hall
International performer and recording artist. Professor of Piano at University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana

Yoheved Kaplinsky - Master class
Chair of Piano at Juilliard and international artist

Daniel Epstein - Master class
Professor of Piano at Rutgers University and the Manhattan School of Music
Recording artist

Gail Berenson - Workshop on "Variety of Pianistic Approaches for Diverse Compositional Styles"
Professor of Piano at Ohio State University and former presient of MTNA

Dr. Anthony Bazzan
Dr. Ronald Feinberg

Silvanio Reis

Workshop description

Dorothy Taubman spent more than fifty years of study and  research in the field of piano pedagogy. Dorothy Taubman’s ideas on interpretation are as penetrating as her approach to technique. Her master classes stress one of her major pedagogical goals – teaching how to read the composer’s blueprint (the score) and how to blend each composer’s intent and style with the performer’s capabilities and individuality. Mrs. Taubman believed every intelligent pianist can be trained to be interpretively self-reliant.

A celebrated innovator with an international reputation for her revolutionary concepts and principles on the art of playing the piano, Dorothy Taubman has been praised in numerous prestigious publications for her work. In one of several articles in The New York Times, she was described as a “doyenne of the master class who understands a lot about how people play the piano.” She gave lectures and master classes throughout the United States and abroad including Oberlin College, New England Conservatory, Tanglewood, Lincoln Center, The Gina Bachauer Piano Festival and The Rubin Academy and Jerusalem Music Center in Israel. She was formerly a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music of Queens College and a visiting professor of piano at Temple University in Philadelphia. She also taught at her Brooklyn, New York studio.

A natural and powerful technique, the Taubman Approach liberates pianists to play effortlessly, unburdened by physical limitations. Based on principles of physiology and coordinated motion, the Taubman Approach enables pianists not only to unravel technical complexities that might block artistic expression, but also to avoid fatigue, pain and injury. Performing artists, students and teachers can discover the power of Dorothy Taubman’s technique through a full range of instructional venues.


The Taubman Seminar was founded in  in 2002 in New York City  by Maria del Pico Taylor, Sondra Tammam, , Paul  Maillet and the late Eleanor Hancock, all students of Dorothy Taubman. It remained in New York City,with Dorothy Taubman as the Artistic Director, until 2007 as a showcase for guest artists, concerts, and workshops. Upon invitation from Temple University, the Seminar  moved to Philadelphia in 2008 and in 2012 Temple became the official home of the Taubman Seminar..

Since 2008 Temple University has developed into a nationwide leading institution for providing training on the pedagogy of the Taubman technique. Our curriculum includes six levels of instruction taught by an outstanding  specialist faculty. Certification is available for students who complete the curriculum and pass all the performing and teaching  requirements.


Over the years we have rejoiced as our students have improved  their performing and their teaching  skills and as injured pianists  have experienced  the joy of  recovery. Our outreach has been expanded to a national audience and the Seminar 2016 will be the best one yet!!




    Maria Taylor

Maria del Pico Taylor
Co-Founder and Co-Director

Maria del Pico Tayler, a native of Havana, Cuba, is a Professor of Piano at Temple University in Philadelphia; Co-founder and Co-director of the Dorothy Taubman Piano Seminars in New York City and at Temple University; Founder and Artistic Director of the Latin Fiesta ensemble and founding director/producer of the “Hispanos…Many Roots…Many Faces…” Festivals  in Philadelphia.


Taylor attended the first Taubman Institute of Piano at the Institute for Man and Science in Rensellaerville, NY in 1976 She became immediately devoted to the Taubman work and in  the fall of 1976  introduced it to the music community in Philadelphia and to her students at Temple University.

Taylor  began to present the Taubman work on an international level in 1986 at the International Music Sessions in Grenoble France in 1989 at Castle Kiaz, Poland, in 1991 at the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) in London England, from 1991 to 1993 at the “In Search of Chopin” Festivals in Warsaw, Cracow and Dushniki (Poland) as  well as Paris and Nohant (France) in 1995,1996 at EPTA in Czech Republic and in 2010 at the International Piano Congress in Buenos aires, Argentina From 2008 through 2012 she developed a Taubman summer program for piano students at the Universidade Estaduale de Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. As a result of this program, several Brazilian students became interested in the Taubman technique and came to USA to complete their MM in Piano Performance at Temple University. Since 2010 she has been a regular collaborator with the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia and will be returning this coming June.


1993-94-95 Montgomery County Music Teachers Association Rockville.MD; 1997 to 2013, miscellaneous  Music Teachers Associations in Washington DC; the Waussau Conservatory in Waissau, Wisconsin; Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, featured GMEA Convention clinician in Savanah GA, multiple presentations for Philadelphia Music Teachers Association (PMTA)  Philadelphia Music Teachers and Northern Delaware Chapter of PMTA; Indiana University of PA; Millersville University; Bedford Springs , PA; University of CA in Irvine; CAPMT in San Diego; The Colburn School for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, CA; CAPMT in Costa Mesa, CA; University of Mansfield, PA; Capitol area, Harrisburg, PA; Cleveland State University, OH; Schubert Club, South Port, CONN; several presentations for South Jersey and Central New Jersey Music Teachers Associations; presenter for the Pedagogy class at the Juilliard School of Music ,NY;  Panelist and / or presenter for MTNA in Minneapolis, MN; Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah; the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, Chicago, ILL; artist in residence at Truman State University;  Interamerican University in San German, Puerto Rico and 2004-2006 multiple presentations for the international Conference for Arts and Humanities and the Honolulu Music Teachers Association in Honolulu, Hawaii. Two articles on the Taubman Technique have been published by Clavier magazine for Pianists.



Frequent presenter for all the local teachers associations in the Philadelphia area, for theTaubman Seminar at Temple University and for the Rock Hall Master Class Series.



Latin Fiesta is listed on the roster of the Preserving Diverse Cultures program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Mann Center Educational Outreach program, the former Artists Roster of Young Audiences of Eastern Pennsylvania and presently with Musicopia  In this educational capacity the ensemble performs in-school concerts and conducts residencies for hundreds of children every year.  Latin Fiesta has commissioned several works from Latino composers to be performed with symphony orchestras.  Appearances as soloists with orchestras include: The Philadelphia Classical Symphony and the Symphonies of Delaware; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Jackson, TN; Pottstown, Pa, and Tulsa, OK.  They have also performed pre-concert encounters in collaboration with the Philadelphia Orchestra.  In 2005 Latin Fiesta released its first CD “Amor a la Vida” produced by  world-renowned musician Oscar Hernandez Artistic Director of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.



In 1984 Maria Taylor was the winner of the Lindback Award for excellence in teaching at Temple University and in 1994 she was selected "Teacher of the Year" in the state of Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association (PMTA).She is the recipient of numerous merit awards at Temple University. Selected by the Iberoamerican Foundation as “One of Six Outstanding Latino Women in Philadelphia” In 2013 she was selected as one of the Most Influential Latinos in the Delaware Valley and in 2014 she was names Professional of the Year by the International Who is Who. She is also the recipient of several grants from the Philadelphia Music Project, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, PennPAT and the PA Council on the Arts.



Her expertise in Spanish and Latin American Piano Music has won her innumerable invitations to perform and present lecture-recitals both nationally and internationally. She has premiered or collaborated with several Hispanic composers whose works she has performed  in Philadelphia, generally with the composers in attendance. They include the Concerto Cubano by Paul Csonka with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra; the Piano Quartet and the Concertino for Piano, Strings and Cymbals by Carlos Surinach with the Pennsylvania Pro Musica Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Franklin Zimmerman and Rimas for voice and piano by Roberto Sierra  Sierra’s work was premiered at Rock Hall on the occasion of his honorary induction into the Eta Ea chapter of  Pi Kappa Lambda , the National Honor Music society;  two works by Philadelphia’s own Kile Smith: Alabanza and A Song of Sonia Sanchez.


As the Founder and Director of the Hispanic Festival in Philadelphia called “Hispanos…Many Roots…Many Faces…”      Taylor commissioned several work to be premiered by the ensemble. The first one was ALMA LATINA, a suite in 6 movements inspired by the Baroque suite, written by two  Grammy winning composers: Carlos Franzetti,    Argentina/New York wrote the first three movements: Tango, Milonga and Fiesta Nocturna;  Oscar Hernandez, Puerto Rico/New York wrote Bolero, Danzon and Salsa; the 2nd commissioned work was written in two movements; Raices  by Tania Leon, former composer in Residence for the New York Philharmonic and Salon Cubano by Arturo O’Farrill, former Director of the Afro-Cuban ensemble at Lincoln Center. The third work was “Una Casa y Tres Cuartos” by Angel Fernandez, Music Director for Marc Anthony.T he works have been performed at The Arts Bank, The Philadlephia Convention Center and The Painted Bride Theater.


In 2013 Latin Fiesta was invited by the International Festival on the Arts  of the Kimmel Center to present  “1492: Music and Dance  from Spain to the Americas” a large production which explored the roots of Hispanic music and dance from the IX century in Spain to XX century Cuba and Mexico. The program was performed by Latin Fiesta and guest artists  at the Suzzane  Robert s theater on the Avenue of the Arts and received critical acclaim.


Taylor is the first Cuban pianist to win a Canada Council Grant for studies at the University of Toronto where she earned the  Artist and Licentiate Diplomas with distinction. She holds an MM degree from Northwestern University. Her teachers include, Adele Marcus, Paul Stassevitch, Guy Duckworth and Dorothy  Taubman.



The best program we ever had” –CAPMT San Diego, CA  “An outstanding session...  an excellent pianist and Hispanic music advocate” –Music Teachers National Association Salt Lake City, UT



“Like a gentle whirlwind, the poised, but powerful pianist mesmerized a capacity audience. ”El Hispano, Philadelphia, PA

"Virtuoso keyboard excitement.  The pianist met all the challenges of the Rapsodia Sinfonica by Turina superbly and delivered a potent performance."  Bob Freund, The Hi-riser, Fort Lauderdale, FL

"A highly versatile and sensitive artist... equally at ease as a soloist, as an accompanist or as a chamber musician."Robert Sherman, The New York Times, New York, NY 



Maria Botelho Hubler
Assistant Director

Maria E. Botelho Hubler is a pianist, piano teacher and lecturer. Ms Botelho Hubler was also a choir director and church musician for 14 years in the Philadelphia area. She earned her Master of Music degree from the Esther Boyer College of Music, Temple University with a full scholarship from the Brazilian Government. She obtained her Bachelor of Music from Faculdades de Artes Alcantara Machado, Brazil. Her teachers include Maria del Pico Taylor, Gilberto Tinetti, Sergio Melardi, Jose Eduardo Martins and Attillio Masttrogiovanni.

She has participated in Master Classes with Dorothy Taubman, Magda Tagliaferro, Iara Bernetti and Charles Dobler.  Ms. Botelho Hubler has been giving lectures on teaching the Taubman Approach to children for the past twelve years for the Music Teachers Association of Pennsylvania, North  and South Jersey chapters. She lectured for The Dorothy Taubman Seminar at the Lincoln Center, NY for two years. She is a Faculty member of the Dorothy Taubman Seminar at Temple University, since 2008. Ms. Botelho Hubler has presented lectures about the Taubman approach for many MTNA State Chapters, in New Jersey and Virginia for their annual State Conferences. In the same subject most recently she presented a lecture at the 7th World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, June 2015. She has been adjudicating for the Music Teachers Association of Pennsylvania, North Jersey, South Jersey and Delaware chapters for the past twenty five years.

Ms. Botelho Hubler has been teaching piano for over 25 years. She taught piano and the Suzuki Method at Temple Preparatory Division in Philadelphia, Academy of Community Music in Fort Washington, PA and Haddonfield School of Performing Arts, Haddonfield, NJ. She currently has a full-time Piano Studio in Cherry Hill, NJ.  She has been trained in the Suzuki Method with Dr. Ray Landers, Dr. Haruko Kataoka and Ms. Joan Krzywicki.

She received the Genia Robinor Award for Teaching Excellence and The Allison R. and Maria E. Drake Pedagogy Award for Excellence in Ensemble Teaching, presented by the Piano Teachers Society of America. Her students have won competitions in North and South Jersey and have performed at Ethical Society, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall.

As a pianist she performed extensively in Brazil from 1980 to 1987, appearing at the prestigious Sala Cecilia Meirelles in Rio de Janeiro, sponsored by the National Institute of Music and National Foundation of Arts. In 1983,  she performed with the Chamber Orchestra of the VIII International Summer Course of Brasilia, Brazil playing the Concerto in F Minor and the Concerto for Two Pianos in C Minor, both by J.S. Bach. In the United States, she performed in the Philadelphia area at Ethical Society and other venues as a Soloist and Accompanist. In 1997, she performed with the Orchestral Society of Philadelphia, playing the Concerto in C Minor Op. 37 by L. van Beethoven. In 2010, she presented a lecture/recital about the works of Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth at UNICAMP (State University of Campinas) Brazil. Also in Brazil she has premiered the Concertino for piano, wind and brass instruments by Brazilian composer Michel Cipes Sheir. She performed at the same event the Sonata op. 31 no 3, in E flat Major by L.van Beethoven as a guess artist of the Orquestra Sinfonica de Americana. In August 2014 she returned to Brazil to perform as a soloist with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Americana in Nova Odessa, SP, Brazil. She has a standing invitation to return to perform with the above mentioned institution.

She participated twice in the Curso Universitario International the Musica Espanola in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, with a scholarship from the Spanish Government. In Madrid, she appeared in recital at Casa do Brasil, sponsored by the Brazilian Diplomatic Service.   



Angelin Chang

Angelin Chang
Seminar Affiliate Faculty

Internationally acclaimed pianist Angelin Chang is the first American female pianist awarded the GRAMMY® for Best Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra. She is recognized for her sense of poetry and technical brilliance. Concertizing in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, Miss Chang’s concert tours have led her to such venues as the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), Lincoln Center (New York), Severance Hall (Cleveland), St. Martin-in-the-Fields (London), Zelazowa Wola (Warsaw), Shanghai Grand Theatre (China), Sala Luis Ángel Arango (Bogotá), Schnittke Philharmonic Hall (Russia) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation. She is the first American awarded First Prizes in both piano and chamber music during the same year from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, France. As the first Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Angelin Chang participated in the development and launching of the Arts for Everyone initiative. She has performed at the U.S. Department of State, for the United Nations Women's Organization in Nepal and for World AIDS Day in New York for the United Nations before the Secretary-General. An active chamber musician, she performs regularly with the legendary violist Joseph de Pasquale, The de Pasquale String Quartet, and with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra.

Dr. Chang earned the Doctor of Musical Arts from Peabody Institute – Johns Hopkins University, Premier Prix - Piano and Premier Prix - Musique de Chambre from the Paris Conservatoire, Master of Music and Distinguished Performer Certificate from Indiana University, Bachelor of Arts (French) and Bachelor of Music from Ball State University, and highest honors upon graduation from the Interlochen Arts Academy. Her piano teachers have included Michel Béroff, Marie-Françoise Bucquet, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, Robert McDonald, Menahem Pressler, Pierre Réach, Pia Sebastiani, György Sebök, Louis-Claude Thirion and Dorothy Taubman. She also holds a Juris Doctor from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Chang is Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Cleveland State University, where she is also Professor of Law at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She serves on the faculty of the Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Academy, a joint program of Case Western University School of Law and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University. Previously, Dr. Chang taught on the piano faculty at Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey.

Through her work with the Taubman Approach and Keyboard Wellness Seminars at the University of North Texas and at Temple University in Philadelphia, Dr. Chang helps pianists develop virtuosity while liberating them from fatigue, pain and injury. Chang is Vice President, Board of Governors of The Recording Academy Chicago Chapter (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) and serves as Chair of the Education Committee and the Classical Task Force. She is Past President of the Ohio Music Teachers Association Northeast District and has served on the Board of Trustees for the Great Lakes Theater. Dr. Chang is the Co-Chair of the Research Committee on Asian and Pacific Studies of the International Political Science Association (IPSA/RC18).

Recordings include solo piano album, Angelin (Sabintu Records), Soaring Spirit (Albany Records) with Angelin Chang on piano and Joseph de Pasquale on viola, and Cleveland Chamber Symphony (TNC) with Angelin Chang as piano soloist and John McLaughlin Williams as conductor in Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

Chang is Yamaha Corporation of America's first Academic-Performing Artist. Her use of the Disklavier® hybrid piano in presentation and performance is available upon request.


Yoheved Kaplinsky

Prizewinner, J.S. Bach International Competition, Washington, D.C. Numerous appearances in recitals, chamber music, and with orchestras, as well as on radio and television in Israel and the U.S. Frequent lectures and master classes throughout the U.S., Israel, and Korea. Festivals: Bowdoin Summer Festival since 1995; Aspen Music Festival since 2004; other festivals include Pianofest in Long Island, N.Y., the Cliburn-T.C.U. Institute, Tel Hai Master Classes in Israel. Adjudicator in international competitions, including the Van Cliburn, Cleveland, Arthur Rubinstein, Dublin, and Tchaikovsky. Recipient, Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award, 2003. Former faculty, Philadelphia U. of the Arts, Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, 1989-97.
Early studies with Ilona Vincze at the Tel Aviv Music Academy. B.M., M.M., D.M.A., The Juilliard School; studies with Irwin Freundlich. Further studies with Dorothy Taubman.

Faculty at Juilliard since 1993; chair, piano department, since 1997; Susan W. Rose Chair since 2000; Pre-College faculty since 1993; artistic director since 2007.

Ian Hobson

Diploma, Royal Academy of Music; B.A., Cambridge; M.M. (piano, organ, and harpsichord) and D.M.A. (piano and conducting), Yale School of Music

Pianist and conductor Ian Hobson is recognized internationally for his command of an extraordinarily comprehensive repertoire, his consummate performances of the Romantic masters, his deft and idiomatic readings of neglected piano music old and new, and his assured conducting from both the piano and the podium. In addition to being a lauded performer, Mr. Hobson is a dedicated scholar and educator who has pioneered renewed interest in the music of such lesser known masters as Ignaz Moscheles and Johann Hummel. He has also been an effective advocate of works written expressly for him by a number of today’s noted composers, including Benjamin Lees, John Gardner, David Liptak, Alan Ridout, and Yehudi Wyner.

In the 2015-16 season, Mr. Hobson embarks on an ambitious six-concert series in New York City: Preludes, Etudes, and Variations – Downtown/Uptown presents outstanding examples of each genre by Chopin, Fauré, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, and Szymanowski. The series also expands the genres by presenting world premieres by Yehudi Wyner (Preludes), Robert Chumbley(Etudes), and Stephen Taylor (Variations). Presented in New York’s downtown SubCulture and uptown Merkin Hall between October 2015 and April 2016, the series follows Mr. Hobson’s acclaimed 14-recital 2013-14 New York series of the complete solo piano works and chamber music with piano of Johannes Brahms, Johannes Brahms: Classical inclinations in a Romantic Age. Reviewing the first installment of the series, the New York Times music critic Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim praised Mr. Hobson’s “careful attention to dynamics which added a lovely spatial dimension to the Andante” [of the Piano Sonata No. 1 in C] and lauded his “fine ear for color” in the Scherzo in E-flat minor (September 12, 2013). Mr. Hobson also continues his concerts as music director of the Sinfonia da Camera, a professional chamber orchestra affiliated with the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and College of Fine and Applied Arts of the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, where Mr. Hobson is the Swanlund Emeritus Professor of Music. Further recital and teaching engagements this season take Mr. Hobson throughout the United States and several times to South Korea, where he is a professor at the National University of Seoul.
An artist of prodigious energy and resource, having to date amassed a discography of some 60 releases, including the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven and Schumann and a complete edition of Brahms’s variations for piano, Mr. Hobson is also in the process of recording a complete edition – the most comprehensive to date – of the works of Frédéric Chopin.

Volume 9 of the series was praised by the distinguished American critic Donald Rosenberg writing in Gramophone:
Ian Hobson appears to savour the experience of rising to the challenge. The English pianist and conductor has undertaken numerous daring projects and preserved some of them on his label, Zephyr Records. His discography for Zephyr and other companies includes everything from the complete Beethoven piano sonatas and Sousa’s opera El Capitan to contemporary works. Winner of first prize at the 1981 Leeds International Piano Competition, Hobson has continued his adventures in versatility with recordings of the complete works of Chopin. The newest release in the series…takes its name ‘Cannons among Flowers’ from a quote by Schumann about the essential nature of Chopin’s music. Hobson conveys the image strikingly in the disc’s opening work, the Second Ballade. The performance juxtaposes utmost delicacy with eruptive power. Similar mastery of contrast makes Hobson’s account of the Second Scherzo memorable and affecting. His playing is intensely alive to expressive nuance, textural clarity and elastic shaping, and his sound maintains its glow even at the most torrential moments….Hobson’s noble artistry is as vibrant and controlled in dramatic episodes as it is in music of lilting melancholy.”(Gramophone, July 2012)

As guest soloist, Ian Hobson has appeared with many of the world’s major orchestras; in the United States these include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Philadelphia Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Florida, Houston, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and the American Symphony Orchestra and Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico. Abroad, he has been heard with Great Britain’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Hallé Orchestra, ORF-Vienna, Orchester der Beethovenhalle, Moscow Chopin Orchestra, Israeli Sinfonietta and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Since his debut in the double role of Conductor and soloist with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in 1996, Maestro Hobson has been invited to lead the English Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia (including an appearance at Carnegie Hall), the Pomeranian Philharmonic (Poland), the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra (Bass Hall), and the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra of Israel, among others.
In addition, Mr. Hobson is a much sought-after judge for national and international competitions and has been invited to join numerous juries, among them the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (at the specific request of Mr. Cliburn), the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Poland, the Chopin Competition in Florida, the Leeds Piano Competition in the U.K., and the Schumann International Competition in Germany. In 2005 Hobson served as Chairman of the Jury for the Cleveland International Competition and the Kosciuzsko Competition in New York; in 2008 he was Chairman of Jury of the New York Piano Competition; and in 2010 he again served in that capacity of the newly renamed New York International Piano Competition.

One of the youngest ever graduates of the Royal Academy of Music, Mr. Hobson began his international career in 1981 when he won First Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition, after having earned silver medals at both the Arthur Rubinstein and Vienna-Beethoven competitions. Born in Wolverhampton, England, he studied at Cambridge University (England), and at Yale University, in addition to his earlier studies at the Royal Academy of Music. A professor in the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), Hobson received the endowed chair of Swanlund Professor of Music in 2000.

Gail Berenson

Gail Berenson is Professor Emerita of Piano at Ohio University, Athens, where she was awarded the “Distinguished Teacher of the Year” Award in 2000. Prior to coming to Ohio, she was on the faculty of the University of Illinois, Urbana. An active performer and passionate chamber music collaborator, she performs with flutist, Alison Brown Sincoff, as a member of the Ohio University Lyric Duo.

As a result of her distinguished work as a piano pedagogue, along with her reputation as an expert on musicians' wellness, she is much in demand as a performer, clinician, master class artist, adjudicator, author, reviewer and pedagogy consultant. She has performed and lectured in over thirty-one states and ten countries. She has been a presenter at the European Piano Teachers Conferences in Manchester, England; Funchal, Madeira; and Amsterdam, Netherlands, served as a guest clinician at the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association’s National Conferences in Halifax and in Vancouver, Canada, and presented sessions at three World Conferences of the International Society of Music Education in Beijing, China, Thessaloniki, Greece and Porto Alegre, Brazil. She has also served as a piano instructor in Yamaha’s Passport to Music program, in cooperation with Crystal Cruise Lines.

Ms. Berenson began to build a reputation as a performing artist early when at age eleven she began accompanying the forty-member male chorus conducted by her piano teacher, appearing in concert throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. A native of Kenosha, Wisconsin, she continued her education at Northwestern University, completing degrees in piano performance, studying piano with Louis Crowder and Guy Duckworth. She also performed in master classes with world-renowned accompanist Gerald Moore, baritone Pierre Bernac, duo-pianists Vronsky and Babin and, at the Lucerne International Music Festival, with pianist and accomplished chamber musician, Mieczyslaw Horszowski.

Ms. Berenson is one of the co-authors of A Symposium for Pianists and Teachers: Strategies to Develop Mind and Body for Optimal Performance and, as a member of the Lorenz Advisory Board she contributed to the innovative piano method, Piano Discoveries, and is co-author of “Ask the Professor“. She has also authored three chapters for the fourth edition of the Lyke, Haydon, Rollin book, Creative Piano Teaching, published in spring 2011. Ms. Berenson has also written articles for Keyboard Companion, the on-line journal, Piano Pedagogy Forum and served as a contributing editor to Piano & Keyboard.

She is a Past President of Music Teachers National Association, an association of over 22,000 members, and in 2015 was awarded MTNA’s prestigious “Distinguished Service Award”. She has also held the position of President-Elect and President, Vice President, Chair of the 2002 and 2003 MTNA National Conference Committees, has served on the 1996 and 1997 Conference Committees and was one of the founding members of the MTNA Pedagogy Committee. A powerful advocate for musicians’ health, she has served as the initial chair of numerous wellness committees, helping associations begin their foray into this topic. She represents the United States and the piano area as a member of the International Society of Music Education’s Forum on Instrumental and Vocal Teaching and chairs the Musicians’ Health and Wellness Special Interest Group. She chairs College Music Society’s Committee on Musicians’ Health. She has held several national posts with the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy and the World Piano Pedagogy Conference and is a former chair of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy’s Committee for Pianists’ Wellness. A past president of the Ohio Music Teachers Association, she holds MTNA’s Master Certificate in piano and piano pedagogy and was the recipient of the 1999 OMTA “Certified Teacher of the Year” award and the 2004 OMTA “Collegiate Teacher of the Year” award. In recognition of her significant contributions to the music world and the music teaching profession, she was awarded an MTNA “Foundation Fellow Award” in 2007. Her students are performing and teaching in independent studios and on college faculties throughout the world. More information can be accessed at

Daniel Epstein


Pianist Daniel Epstein received international acclaim in 1973 with his performances of the Yellow River Concerto – the first piece of Chinese classical music to be performed in the United States – in a series of concerts and RCA debut recording with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Since then, he has become recognized as one of the most vital and versatile solo and chamber pianists of his generation, as well as an articulate communicator and educator.


Winner of the prestigious Kosciuszko Chopin Award, the National Arts Club Prize, the Prix Alex de Vries at the Marguerite Long Competition, in Paris, and the Concert Artists Guild Award -- which afforded him his Carnegie Hall debut recital -- Epstein was also selected for an NEA Recitalist  Grant to perform recitals throughout the US.  He has appeared as guest soloist with such eminent American orchestras as Philadelphia, San  Francisco,  Houston, Detroit, and Rochester.  He has given recitals at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the 92nd Street Y as well as in major cities throughout the US, complemented by master classes and intensive seminars for pianists at colleges and universities.  He has also toured in China, Japan and Europe.


As pianist and founding member of the famed Raphael Trio, since 1975, he has performed virtually the entire piano trio repertoire.  The Trio has appeared regularly in New York’s Carnegie and Town Halls, The Kennedy Center in Washington, London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna, Paris, Geneva, Budapest, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, as well as numerous other musical centers throughout the U.S. and Europe. In 2001, the Trio celebrated its 25th anniversary with a performance of the complete cycle of Beethoven trios in New York. The performances were broadcast live by National Public Radio. The Trio's recordings of Beethoven, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, and Wolf-Ferarri have received wide critical and public praise. He has collaborated with many renowned string quartets, including the Ying, American, and Talich, and has played with members of the Juilliard and Guarneri quartets as well as many other distinguished chamber musicians and soloists.

In the fall of 2004, Mr. Epstein was invited to Shanghai, China, serving as visiting faculty at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He visited China twice in 2004-05, teaching and giving master classes at the conservatories of Shanghai, Beijing, and Xian, and performing a solo piano recital at the Shanghai Conservatory.  In August of 2005, he was a featured artist and teacher at the Intituto Musicale Vaccaj in Tolentino, Italy, performing a solo recital and giving lessons and master classes. In January of 2006, Epstein was guest artist at the Festival of the Canary Islands, appearing in solo and duo recitals. In December of 2010,  Epstein returned to China for a recital and master classes at the Central Conservatory of Beijing. Recently, Epstein performed both Brahms piano concertos with orchestras in New York and the New York area. In October of 2011 he opened the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra season with Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto under the baton of Shinik Hahm.

Recordings:   RCA, Sony, Albany, Sonar, Nonesuch, Newport  Classic, ASV, Unicorn-Kanchana and EMS.




In 2001, Daniel Epstein was invited to join the distinguished piano faculty of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. In the ensuing decade, he has established a reputation as one of the most sought-after teachers in the United States. In 2007 Mr. Epstein was asked to join the faculty of the Mason Gross School of Music at Rutgers University, and now serves on the faculties of both institutions.

Daniel Epstein’s unique and comprehensive teaching style has made him one of the most sought-after teachers in the United States. Among his current and former students are major competition prizewinners, performers with major conductors and symphony orchestras throughout the world, and recording artists on major record labels.

Epstein grew up, pianistically and musically, in the “Golden Age” of piano playing, studying with the legendary Adele Marcus at Juilliard in the mid sixties (she herself was a student of Josef Lhevinne and Artur Schnabel). While at Juilliard, he received coaching from many of great string player and singers of the day such as Walter Trampler, Harvey Shapiro, Leonard Rose, Felix Galimir, Jennie Tourel, Alexander Kipnis, and Hans Heinz. Subsequent piano studies were with  Dorothy Taubman in New York and Benjamin Kaplan in London. While an undergraduate, he was one of a handful of Juilliard pianists selected by the school to visit Vladimir Horowitz at his home, to play for him and to receive his comments. Through many his nearly five decades of teaching, Mr. Epstein has been able to incorporate the knowledge of these great musical figures both into his own playing and into his teaching methods. He maintains an active career as public performer, so he is constantly innovating, refining, and testing his teaching principles in real performance situations.


Dr. Anthony Bazzan
Dr. Bazzan is originally from Verona and graduated from medical school in Padua, Italy. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Integrative and Holistic Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He is the Director of the Functional & Wellness Sciences Institute, PC in Jeffersonville, Pennsylvania. He is an attending physician at the Jefferson Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at the Sidney KimmelMedical College at Thomas Jefferson Universityin Philadelphia. He is an Associate Clinical Member at the Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center. Dr. Bazzan is the recipient of the, “Tree of Life Award” and a Congratulation Citation from the Pennsylvania Senate given for outstanding service to the community. He is the coauthor of “The Great Life Makeover” a Harper Collins book written to ameliorate the health of the public at the time of middle age.

Dr. Bazzan’s lifelong love of music and the piano in particular, brought him eventually to become a student of Dr. Maria Taylor’s, something he describes as a blessing and a miracle.

At the Taubman Seminar Dr Bazzan will bring his vast medical experienceto the discussion on how to keep pianists hands healthy through the applicatione of theTaubman Technique


Dr. Ron Feinberg

Dr. Ronald Feinberg has been in private practice for 26 yrs. He is currently licensed by both the Pennsylvania and Florida Chiropractic Boards. His specialty is post-injury rehabilitation, and he is recognized by the Chiropractic Rehabilitation Association of America. Over the years Dr. Feinberg has treated patients of every age or occupation which also includes professional athletes, celebrities and other various artists across all performing arts. He currently practices in the towns of Sharon Hill and Broomall, Pennsylvania, both located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Dr. Feinberg derives most of his satisfaction from working in his hometown and treating his family and friends. He is a graduate of both Colgate University and Sherman College of Chiropractic and has held various memberships over the course of his career which includes both the American and the International Chiropractic Associations. Dr. Feinberg takes a full-body approach to his rehabilitation and “prohabilitation” efforts and believes that all musicians should prepare as athletes do to participate in their respective fields.

Silvanio Reis
Seminar Assistant

Native from Brazil, Silvanio Reis holds an Artist Diploma Certificate from Temple University, M.M. in Piano Performance and  Piano Pedagogy from Temple University - PA and  M.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Akron - OH.  He received his B.M. in Piano Performance from Instituto de Música e Artes de Penápolis, Brazil.Mr. Reis completed his MM  in Piano  Performance and Pedagogy and his Professional Studies Diploma with Prof. Maria del Pico Taylor, Previous teachers include Prof. Philip Thomson, Dr. Mauricy Martin and Dr. Sergio Gallo.

He received several prizes and honorary mentions in piano competitions in Brazil and in the United States. Mr. Reis played in master classes for renowned professors including: Rosa Maria Tolón (Cuba); Kenneth Cooper, Martin Katz, Phillip Thomson, Kevin Orr, Daniel Epstein ( USA), Gabriel Kwok (China); Michael Tsalka (Israel); Sarah Davis Buchner (Canada), Vladimir Viardo (Russia); Plínio Padilha (Switzerland) and Dorian Ledjak (Serbia).

Mr. Reis sustains a restless schedule, which includes music research, solo and chamber music recitals as well as lectures in the United States and Brazil. He received the “Olga Gagliardi Guetto” award for his accomplishments as pianist for the year of 2015 and was recently named faculty in training for the Taubman Seminar at Temple University, which he also serves as executive assistant. As pedagogue, Mr. Reis teaches group and applied piano lessons at Temple University as well as at Temple Preparatory School in Philaldephia.

Besides modern piano, Mr. Reis studies early musicrepertoire and performance practice under Dr. Joyce Lindorff on theappropriate keyboard instruments (Harpsichord, Fortepiano and Chamber Organ). Mr. Reis is currently pursuing his D.M.A in Piano Performanceat Temple University under Dr. Charles Abramovic.



Monday, May 23, 2016
9am - Introduction to the Taubman Technique and Single Rotation
10am - "Hands On" sessions
11am - Double Rotation
12 -  Lunch (on your own)
12:30 -2:30pm - Daniel Epstein master class
Assignment: Practice musical examples from the handout


Tuesday, May 24
9am - Double Rotation Hands On
10am - In and Out
11am - "Hands On" sessions
12 - Lunch (on your own)
12:30 - 2:30pm – Gail Berenson: "Bach to Bartok and Beyond: The Collaboration of Physical Gestures and Sounds Concepts in the Teaching of Style."

Wednesday, May 25
9am - The Walking Arm
10am - "Hands On" sessions
11am - Review Rotation and In and Out. Participants play examples
12 - Lunch (on your own)
12:30 - 2:30 - Yoheved Kaplinsky master class

Thursday, May 26
9am - Grouping
9:45am - "Hands On" sessions
10:45am - How to introduce a child to the Taubman Technique with traditional and Suzuki repertoire
11:45am Technique Clinic
12:30pm - Lunch
1pm to 2:30pm - Angelin Chang: "The Piano Music of Olivier Messiaen."


Friday, May 27
9:45am - "Hands On" sessions
10:45am - Applying the Taubman Technique to standard repertoire for children
12:30 - 2:30 - Maria del Pico Tayler, Maria Hubler, Dr. Ron Feinberg and Dr. Anthony Bazzan discuss "The Validity of the Taubman Approach for the Prevention and Cure of Piano Related Injuries"
7:30 - Gala Recital, Ian Hobson, pianist and international touring and recording artist


Saturday, May 28, 2015
9:30am - Review of the basic concepts presented
11am- Master Class with Angelin Chang
12:00 to 1pm – Graduation. Participants performance: Play a passage of your choice to demonstrate a particular principle learned.



All fees are non-refundable

Registration Fee $45.00 (non-refundable)

Tuition $595 for full participants; $195 for observers (non-refundable)

Seminar Notes $10 (non-refundable)




Participants can opt to register for university credit. This workshop can be taken for 2 or 3 graduate credit hours. If opting for 3 credit hours, an additional project is required. If enrolling for university credit, the workshop fee is waived. To enroll for college credit, please contact David Brown.


In-State undergraduate: $669 per credit
Out-of-state undergraduate: $993 per credit
In-State graduate: $967 per credit
Out-of-state graduate: $1,282 per credit

University fees: $91 for 1-4.9 credits


Housing costs: Morgan Hall (May 23-28)
Single $337 + $19 linens; Double $301 + $19 linens
Lot Parking is available for $15 per day. Overnight parking must be arranged in advance

Morgan Hall is the new high-rise facility on Temple University's main campus, located on the corner of Broad St and Cecil B. Moore, 1/2 block from Rock Hall.  Accommodations include multi-bedroom, suite-style apartments with common living area and kitchenette.  For a virtual tour of Morgan Hall, CLICK HERE.




Participants may register for the workshop until TBD All fees, including the $45 registration fee, are due open registration and are non-refundable. Registration is not considered final and complete until full payment is received. There is a $50 late registration fee for any payments received after May 1, 2016.